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Broady, June. 1989. Deal in Old Photographs. Allan Sutton. 0 86299 675 9

A collection of old photographs of Deal, mainly drawn from the Will Honey Collection in Deal's Maritime and Local History Museum, with brief descriptions by June Broady.

Foley-Fisher, Beryl. 1989. Bygone Deal and Walmer. Phillimore. 0 85033 690 2

Another collection of photographs of old Deal and Walmer, with descriptions and maps of the areas where the pictures were taken.

Lane, Andrew. 2000. Royal Marines Deal - a Pictorial History. Halsgrove. 1 84114 081 3

"The story of the Royal Marines at Deal is told in this unique book by over 200 photographs from the extensive library at the Royal Marines Museum."  A must for anyone interested in the Royal Marines.

Nunns, Gertrude. 1999. Then & Now. Deal Town Council

A "Deal 300" publication celebrating Deal's Tercentenary.  Contains old pictures of Deal, mainly from the firs couple of decades of the 20th century, opposite modern photographs of the same scene taken by members of the Deal & District Camera Club.

In 1699 Deal finally obtained its own charter giving it the status of a Borough and Market Town, and separating it from the dominance of its neighbour, Sandwich.

I have 2 spare copies of this booklet which I would gladly sell to anyone who is interested.

Roy, John & Thompson, Tony. 1987. Picture Palaces Remembered. Glenton. 0 9512825 0 6

"An affectionate look at the cinemas of Dover, Deal and Folkestone"  from the beginnings of moving pictures through two world wars, with reminiscences from those who fondly remember the golden days of cinema.


Green, Ivan. 1978. The Book of Dover. Barracuda Books. 0 86023 060 0

A history of Dover from Roman times, written by a local author and historian. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and illustrations.

This book was printed in a limited subscription edition and is therefore likely to be difficult to find and rather expensive

Other books by Ivan Green available from

Book of the Cinque Ports (Town Books)

Green, Ivan. 1980. Yesterday's Town: Dover. Barracuda Books. 0 86023 109 7

A second history of Dover from the same author, covering the period 1780 -1914, with over 200 illustrations.

Other books by Ivan Green from

Dover: A Pictorial History (Pictorial History Series)

Dover and the Monarchy

Harley, Robert J. 1993. Dover's Tramways. Middleton Press. 1 873793 243

Lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs showing the trams, their crews and the routes, from River to the Docks


Other books on Dover Tramways from

Tramway Routes of Dover: Past and Present, 1897-1994 - A Pictorial History*

Hollingsbee, Bob. 2000. Images of England - Dover. Tempus. 0 7524 1622 7

A compilation of over 220 photographs and other illustrations from the author's extensive collection and from the archives of the Dover Express.

Other recommended Dover books by Bob Hollingsbee available from

Dover in Old Picture Postcards: v. 1

Dover in Old Picture Postcards: v. 2

Dover Tribute in Photographs to Budge Adams

Humphreys, Roy. 1993. Dover at War, 1939-45. Allan Sutton. 0 7509 0208 6

Written in the form of a journal. this book charts the course of the war in Dover, illustrated with official notices and personal memories of the people who lived through it.

Peverley, John. 1996. Dover's Hidden Fortress. The Dover Society. 0 906124 12 3

A brief illustrated history of the Western Heights fortifications.

Puckle, Rev. John. 1856. The Church and Fortress of Dover Castle. John Henry and James Parker *

The church of St Mary in Castro had been derelict for several hundred years before the Kent Archaeological Society took an interest in it in 1860.  The Military authorities gave them access to the site, and and Canon Puckle, Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Dover, made a study of the building and the adjacent Roman Pharos, during the restoration.  This book describes what he discovered.

Scott, Rivers. 1957. The Gateway of England. Dover Harbour Board.

"A short survey of the activities of the Port of Dover, past and present, and of the Dover Harbour Board, the modern Port Authority, which in 1956 celebrated its 350th anniversary".

You may have difficulty obtaining copies of this publication, which was apparently produced for employees and ex-employees of the Board.

There was a second edition, with some different pictures, produced at some later date.

Searle, Muriel V. 1988. Down the Line to Dover. Bloomsbury Books. 1 870630 41 6

Not strictly a book about Dover - this book documents the history of the "Land 'em, Smash 'em and Over" (London, Chatham and Dover) Railway in a lively, readable text, illustrated with maps and photographs.

Smith, Mark P. 1988. Dover in Old Photographs. Alan Sutton. 0 86299 512 4

A compilation of over 250 photographs culled from the Dover Museum collection, illustrating the history of the town from the early days of photography to 1936.

Vine, Jessie Elizabeth. 1984. Dover Remembered. Meresborough Books.

Recollections of a childhood in old Dover, written by an old Dover resident and illustrated by Thomas George Vine.

Welby, Douglas E. 1991. The History of Archcliffe Fort Dover, Kent. Polar Bear Press. 0 906124 11 5

"This short account traces the history of one of the lesser known forts and is intended to enlighten the reader about the social and domestic happenings of this small but important garrison".

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Welby, Douglas 1976. The Tidy Ruin - History of the Parish Church of St. James the Apostle Dover.  Dover Archaeological Group.*

"When, in 1971, Dover Archaeological Group heard the Dover Council's decision to start work on St James' Churchyard, and to prepare to clear the site in readiness for a proposed Swimming Pool and Sports Complex, they felt it would be a good time to record and to keep the area under their observation."

"The book tries to enlighten the reader about social and domestic happenings of individuals in a parish which has always appeared as the poor relative to other Dover churches."

A later paperback by the same author, "Dover's Tidy Ruin", is available from

Hasenson, Alec 1980. The History of Dover Harbour. Aurum Special Editions. 0 906053 17 X *

A very interesting and informative book about the harbour and the many ships that have sailed the short sea route to France.

If anybody has a copy of this book that they no longer require, I would be delighted to give it a home!

Other books on Dover Harbour available from

Dover Harbour, Royal Gateway

Dover Harbour*

Bavington  Jones, John 1907. Dover, A Perambulation of the Town, Port and Fortress. Dover Express

Bavington Jones was the Editor of the Dover Express and wrote this historical description of Dover in the form of a perambulation round the town, street by street.  A very valuable source of information for family historians looking for descriptions of Dover at the turn of the century.

A second book: Annals of Dover, published in 1916, deals with the documentary history of the town.

Bavington  Jones, John 1908. When Was It? The Dover Book of Dates, with occasional notes. Dover Express

Published in paperback, this book is a bit of a rarity!  It contains entries for every day of the year, with descriptions of events that took place on that day in years gone by, in and around Dover.

I have only seen this on sale once and I grabbed it quick!

Other books by John Bavington Jones available from

Ramsgate and Broadstairs by Camera and Pen* (reprint)


Foster, Reginald, 1941. Dover Front. Secker & Warburg

Foster was Special Correspondent for the Daily Herald in Dover from May 1940.  This book, first published in September 1941, is a first-hand account of life in Dover during the early part of the 2nd World War.

Bavington Jones, O.G., 1919. Dover and the European War, 1914-18. Dover Express

An interesting account of Dover during WWI, originally published in the Dover Express newspaper between December 1918 and February 1919. A centre plan shows the location of bombs and shells which struck Dover during the war.

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Godden, Pamela, 2001. Salem. Dover Baptist Church. 0 9541977 0 4

The story of the Baptist Church in Biggin Street and Maison Dieu Road, Dover, and its associated Chapels.

Holyoak, Walter, 1914. Dover Baptists.  A Brief History. Dover Express.*

Walter Holyoak was the "Pastor of the Church worshipping at Salem Chapel, Dover," when he wrote this little book, issued in connection with the 75th anniversary of that church.

Not currently available at any of the online booksellers I have checked.

Adams, A.F. & Lilley, M., 2000. Dover - Collected Memories of a Century. Triangle Publications. 0 9539478 0 7

A collection of articles and reminiscences from the Dover Society Newsletter from 1988 to 1999.  Sections cover the first half of the century, the 1st and 2nd World Wars, and the second half of the century, illustrated with photographs and maps of the town.

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Cameron, Janet, 2006. Murder & Crime series - Dover. Tempus. 0 7524 3978 2

This book contains descriptions of smuggling, wrecking, witchcraft, murder and other crimes in and around Dover through the centuries.

Harman, Joe, 2001. My Dover. Riverdale Publications. 0 9536166 1 4

Joe Harman lived his entire life in the house in Dover in which he was born.  He was born shortly after the first bomb dropped on Dover in December 1914 and his reserved occupation kept him in the town through the 2nd World War.  His memories of the town through 90 years make for a fascinating read.  Illustrated with many photographs.

Leach, Derek, 2006. Caring for Dover's Poor. Riverdale Publications. 0 9536166 6 5

"This book attempts to describe the problem of poverty in Dover over the centuries and how the authorities, both religious and secular, as well as certain individuals responded to it."  Illustrated with many photographs and drawings.

Leach, Derek, 2002. Greetings, Dover! from Jack Hewitt. Riverdale Publications. 0 9536166 3 0

Another well-known local character, Jack Hewitt lived through two world wars in Dover.  His fascinating life story includes many years in the scout movement and the St John Ambulance, in both of which he held high office locally.  He also served for 29 years in the Kent Ambulance Service.  Another string to Jack's bow was as a courier for Raymond Cook Tours.  His cheery "Greetings!" will be sadly missed around the town.

Kay, Lillian, 1999. The Life and Times of a Dovorian. Riverdale Publications. 0 9536166 0 6

Born in the Pier District just one month before the outbreak of WW1, Lillian spent most of her life in the town.  From 1946 until her retirement in 1977, she was on the staff of the Dover Grammar School for Girls, first as a Maths teacher, then as Deputy Head and finally as Headmistress.  This is another fascinating book of memories of Dover covering 85 years.

Leach, Derek, & Sutton, Terry, 2003.  Our Town, Dover 1945-2000. Riverdale Publications. 0 9536166 4 9

Derek Leach OBE is an "adopted" Dovorian, having been born in Chatham and moved to Dover in 1974.  He is Vice Chairman of the Dover Society.  He has written and edited a number of books on local history and also publishes under the name of Riverdale Publications.  Born in Dover, Terry Sutton MBE has been a journalist in the town for more than half a century (45 years on the staff of the Dover Express, now freelance) and is Chairman of the Dover Society.

Illustrated with many photographs.

Firth, J.B., 1919. Dover and the Great War.  A. Leney & Co.

"This Book is published by Messrs. A. LENEY & Co. Ltd., of Dover, as a memento of the stirring times through which the Town passed during the period of the Great War.

"They felt there were many whose duty called them to form part of the Garrison and Naval Forces who would appreciate a record of some of the events which happened and in which they took an active part."

Messrs. A Leney & Co., Ltd., were the owners of the Phoenix Brewery in Castle Street.

Coxon, S.W., 1919. Dover During the Dark Days, by a "Dug-Out". Bodley Head*

A "Dug-Out" was Lieut.-Commander Stanley W. Coxon, R.N.V.R., and this book contains some of his recollections of being stationed at the Admiralty Pier in Dover during the Great War, with contributions from other officers of the Dover Patrol.

Atherton, G.M., 2003. Soldiers of the Castle: Dover Castle Garrisoned. Triangle Publications. 0-9539478-3-1*

This book gives details and notes about the troops that have been stationed in Dover Castle from the Castle Guard of 1166 to the 1st Bn, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in 1958 - the last battalion to be quartered in the Castle.  An invaluable reference for anyone interested in military history.

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Armstrong, Alan. 1995. The Economy of Kent 1640-1914. Boydell Press.*

One of a series of books produced for Kent County Council as part of the Kent History Project.  Much of the information for our Mining in Kent page was taken from this book (pp 122-123).

Crouch, Marcus & Bergess, Wyn. 1974. Victorian and Edwardian Kent From Old Photographs. Batsford.
0 7134 2886 4

Fairly self-explanatory!

Garrett, Richard. 1972. Cross Channel. Hutchinson. 0 09 111910 3

"... tells the story of this fascinating and, sometimes, tempestuous stretch of water."

Glover, Judith. 1976. The Place Names of Kent. Meresborough Books. 0905 270 614

A dictionary of almost 3000 Kentish place names and their probable derivations.

Knatchbull-Hugessen, Sir Hughe. 1960. Kentish Family. Methuen.

The family history of one of Kent's most famous families. Contains "... portraits of selected members of the Knatchbull family, heads of which have, with few exceptions, represented Kent, or after 1832 a Kentish Constituency in the House of Commons since the time of James I." with "16 halftone plates and 3 folding family trees".

Larn, Richard. 1977. Goodwin Sands Shipwrecks. David & Charles. 0 7153 7202 5

A "... detailed study of shipwrecks around the Goodwin Sands and includes a comprehensive coverage of incidents from the early 16th century to the present day." Lists over 1000 vessels.

Other books on Goodwin Sands shipwrecks by Richard Larn available from

Shipwrecks of the Goodwin Sands

Major, Alan. 1981. A New Dictionary of the Kent Dialect. Meresborough. 0 905270 274

Ever wondered about the origin and meaning of some of the words in those old documents? This "augmented and updated edition" of the Paris and Shaw dictionary of 1888 will help you find the answer.

Morris, John. 1983. Domesday Book - Kent. Phillimore. 0 85033 153 6

One of a series of Domesday Book volumes for each county, giving the original Norman text with English translation and notes.

Reay, Barry. 1990. The Last Rising of the Agricultural Labourers - Rural Life and Notes in 19th Century England. OUP Clarendon Press. *

An account of the events leading up to the Battle of Bossenden Wood (nr Hernehill) - the last battle to take place on English soil.

1961. Battle in Bosenden Wood. Oxford Press.

Sadly no longer in print, this is another account of the battle.   Both this and the previous book give details of those involved in the events and what happened to them in the aftermath.

Ritchie, A. 1919. The Kent Coalfield - its evolution and development. The Iron and Coal Trades Review. *

An excellent resource for anyone researching the early development of the Kent coalfield.  This book gives details of the companies and individuals involved in the exploration and exploitation of the coalfield., as well as the borings and pit workings from the earliest speculation in the 1840s.

This is difficult to find outside libraries, but I have seen it available on the internet, although somewhat expensive.

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Sherren, Richard Tilden. 1990. The Industrial Eden. Channel Publications. 0951565400

Written by a grandson of one of the early pioneers of coal at Tilmanstone, this book mainly concentrates on that colliery, but also gives information on the earlier pit at Shakespeare Cliff.

Tubbs, T.B. 1966. Kent Pubs. Batsford.

If you are looking for information on pubs in Kent, this might just provide a clue, but don't plan any trips without referring to more up-to-date sources!

A selection of recommended pubs in Kent, with details of their location, brewery allegiance, and telephone number. Complete with descriptions of the locality, the facilities offered, and even the name of mine host.

Unfortunately, since this book was published many of these fine hostelries have disappeared. For example, in Deal only 2 of the three listed pubs remain (The Pelican is now a private residence) and in Dover, not only have some of the pubs gone, but the streets and lanes where they stood no longer exist.

Lambarde, William. 1576. A Perambulation of Kent: conteining the Description, Hystorie, and Customes of That Shire.

This well-known work contains a valuable description of life in Kent as seen through the eyes of a London gentleman in the 16th century.

It was re-printed in 1820 with the addition of a brief life-history of the author.

A 1970 reprint is available from  Copies of the first edition are available, but are extremely expensive (c.3000).  Copies of the 1826 edition can be had for a few hundred pounds.

Home Counties


Clunn, Harold P. The Face of the Home Counties. Spring Books.

A look at the home counties (Kent, Surrey, Middlesex, Essex, Hertfordshire) and the "shires" (Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire), plus Sussex and parts of Suffolk, "portrayed in a series of eighteen week-end drives from London", illustrated with 103 black-and-white photographs. Each journey is described in detail, with a commentary on the various sights and buildings of historic interest.

This book was published in the more romantic era of Dennis single-decker buses, when you occasionally had to step out of the road to avoid a passing Morris, and you could still walk up to the stones at Stonehenge!


Burn, John 1976. The History of Parish Registers in England.  E.P.Publishing. 0 7158 1202 5

A reprint of the second edition (1862) of a text originally published in 1829.

Duncan, David E. The Calendar.  Fourth Estate. 1 85702 721 3

The 5000-Year Struggle to Align the Clock and the Heavens - and What Happened to the Missing Ten Days.

This is a fascinating account of how the modern-day calendar has evolved, including the changes from the Julian to the Gregorian throughout most of the world.

Griffin, A.R. 1982. The Collier. Shire Album 82. 0 85263 590 7

Although mainly concerned with mining in the Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire coalfields, Griffin provides "... an illustrated history of coal mining looked at from the standpoint of the people who worked in the industry and their families who were dependent on it."  This little booklet gives a view of mining from the earliest times, illustrated with a number of line drawings and early photographs.

Various. 1868 - present. Archaeologia Cantiana. Kent Archaeological Society

The Kent Archaeological Society has published its annual journal since its inception in 1868.  Each volume contains a series of articles relating to Kent history.  Various volumes are available from

Humphery-Smith, Cecil. The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers. Phillimore. 0 85033 398 9

The essential book for family history researchers in England and Wales.  Contains county maps showing pre-1832 parochial boundaries, colour-coded probate jurisdictions, positions of churches and chapels and starting dates of surviving registers.  In addition, contemporary maps showing roads and other local features help to deduce likely movements of people across parish boundaries.

The index gives references to where copies of each parish's records are held, including various marriage indexes. (New edition now available from

This page last revised: May 04, 2008.